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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Why your music collections will bite the DRM dust  —  I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related.  Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" …
Discussion: CrunchNotes, Newsome.Org and TechBeat
Spitzer's music probe said to expand  —  N.Y. Attorney General has subpoenaed at least three major record labels in ongoing probe: reports.  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three major music labels have been subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in connection …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
iPod continued  —  Paul Thurrot: "The fact that Posen's post is so long should alarm people.  I think it proves that Winer has a point."  —  Of course I have a point.  I've been using iPods for three years.  These are not casual comments by a newbie.  I've also used competitive products, and know it doesn't have to be this way.
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
2005 Foot-in-Mouth Awards  —  Tech execs say the darndest things.  And so do shuffling presidents, and disgraced scientists, and Wikipedia fakers.  It's time to relive 2005's biggest spoken gaffes.  —  "Screw the nano."  — Motorola CEO Ed Zander  —  Cell-phone makers hoping to break …
Businessman wins e-mail spam case  —  A businessman has won what is believed to be the first victory of its kind by claiming damages from a company which sent him e-mail spam.  —  Nigel Roberts, who lives in Alderney in the Channel Islands, took action against Media Logistics UK over junk e-mails in his personal account.
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
The Net Is a Boon for Indie Labels  —  Even as the recording industry staggers through another year of declining sales over all, there are new signs that a democratization of music made possible by the Internet is shifting the industry's balance of power.  —  Exploiting online message boards …
Discussion: IT Facts
Mike / Techdirt:
Maybe Telecommuting Just Isn't Meant To Be  —  For years and years, we've discussed various trends in telecommuting, noting earlier this year that high gas prices and public transit strikes might help push the trend even further.  However, the problems of telecommuting continue to mean that it's just not for everyone.
How to become an independent programmer in just 1068 days.  —  If you watch the Evening at Adler video you'll come across a part where some of the guys on the panel talk about how much it costs to make the transition to doing the independent macintosh programmer thing.
Discussion: DrunkenBlog
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Shop 'Til They Lock  —  Post-Christmas sales are a must for bargain hunters, but this year brings a new incentive to stock up on electronics: 2005 might be the last good year to get gizmos that aren't locked down.  —  As the music, television and movie industries move to make more media available online …
Discussion: HD Beat
Loren Baker /
Best Search Engine Community Blog : 2005 Search Blogs Awards  —  Best Search Engine Community Blog : 2005 Search Blogs Awards  —  Although Threadwatch and Search Engine Roundtable were both nominated for different awards for covering search engine news and search related issues …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Exclusive: Google to offer feed API  —  Google plans to offer a feed reader API to allow third-party developers to build new views of feed data on top of Google's backend.  The new APIs will include synchronization, feed-level and item-level tagging, per-item read and unread status …
Netflix wins round in online DVD-rental fight  —  When the head of Netflix said rival Blockbuster threw "everything but the kitchen sink at us," the world's largest video-rental chain responded by sending him a kitchen sink.  —  The message from last January's interchange was clear …
Discussion: Lost Remote TV Blog
David F. Gallagher / New York Times:
When News Breaks, Flashy Content Loses Out  —  NY1 News, the local news channel for the cable customers of Time Warner in New York, boasts on its Web site that its all-digital newsroom is "one of the most advanced newsgathering operations in the world."  But last week the site …
With a few ponchkes in the belly, it's time to prognosticate on Apple in 2006  —  I've been having loads of fun over the Christmas break with my blog entry about The Apprentice's Season 4, Episode 12 using Apple equipment to produce videos promoting Microsoft's Live Meeting collaboration software.

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